Despite popular belief, all dogs are not alike. These differences extend far beyond size and color. A dogs’ personality, likes, and dislikes can all have plenty to do with their breed. Upon deciding you are ready to have a dog, the next decision to make is what kind of dog you want to get. This is not a decision that should ever be made without careful thought, and research. So, there are certain things you should think about when choosing a dog breed.
Do you need to consider allergies?
If you or anyone in your family has allergies to dogs, that is a major concern. This does not mean that you cannot get a dog, but you will need to consider a hypoallergenic dog. The following are recommended by the AKC for those with this kind of sensitivity: Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Irish Water Spaniel, Maltese, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Schnauzer, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, and Xoloitzcuintli.
How much time are you willing to dedicate to your dogs’ exercise needs?
Certain dogs need more exercise than others. Dogs from the Working group, Sporting Group, and Herding Group are prone to needing plenty of exercise. If you have a large fenced in backyard this may be enough for your dog. So, if you break it into three groups(Based Solely on Exercise):
-I want to go on vigorous runs or hikes with my dog:
Recommended Large Dogs: Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Doberman Pinscher, Weimaraner, German Shepard, Dalmation, Blue Tick Coonhound
Recommended Medium/Small Dogs: Beagles, Corgis, Whippet, Cocker Spaniel, Shetland Sheepdog,
-I want a dog to play with, walks, etc
Recommended Large Dogs: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Setters (Irish, Gordon, Etc), Black and Tan Coonhound, Boxer
Recommended Medium/Small Dogs: Dachshund, Kerry Blue Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Boston Terrier
-I want a Couch Potato, who only needs minimal exercise
Recommended Large Dogs: Mastiff, Bernese Mountain Dog, Leonberger, Saint Bernard
Recommended Medium/Small Dogs: Basset Hounds, Pug, Pomeranians, English Bulldog
Do I need a dog that is good for families?
If you have children you need to consider the temperament of the dog in consideration. Young children will need a different dog than teenage children, and if you are a multiple pet family, especially if that includes smaller animals. With any dog, you will still want to be cautious when introducing them to smaller animals
Recommended Large Dogs: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Setters, Bernese Mountain Dogs, American Bulldog, Old English Sheepdog, English Springer Spaniel
Recommended Medium/Small Dogs: Sussex Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, Australian Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Purebred dogs are not the only options. There are many wonderful shelter dogs available, pure and mixed. There is also a current trend of ‘Ëœdesigner dogs’, when two purebreds are bred which creates a dog with some of the traits of both, such as the Golden Doodle (Golden Retriever/ Poodle) which are wonderful dogs as well. The biggest consideration is to get to know a dog as well as possible, and talk to many experienced people before making that lifetime decision.